All in the family


Australian Open 2019 promises to be the most family-friendly event ever with the return of the $5 kids’ Ground Pass, a giant waterslide, brand new onsite childcare services and heaps of entertainment guaranteed to surprise and delight kids of all ages.

In another major win for families, thanks to ANZ, the first 7,000 kids aged 3-14 can attend the tennis for free as part of the always popular ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Day on Thursday 17 January.

The groundbreaking AO Ballpark returns, three times bigger than before, and in a brand new location at the eastern end of Melbourne Park. The range of exciting activities includes:

  • 12 metre waterslide with super soaker play zone
  •  Climbing wall
  • Daily stage shows
  • ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and courts
  • Kids Movies at the Emirates Family Sanctuary.

In a Grand Slam first professional onsite childcare is available for children aged 5-12, making it easier than ever for parents to bring kids to the Australian Open.

A range of fully supervised activities will be on offer, including VIP access to the AO Ballpark. Further information and booking options will be available via in November.

A wide range of activities will return at the AO BallPark

“It’s a priority for us to make the Australian Open a fantastic all-round experience for the whole family,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said.

“Each year we grow the activities and experiences on offer for kids and 2019 promises to be the best yet. We are very excited to introduce on-site childcare for the first time and believe this will make the Australian Open even more accessible to families.

“Whether it’s playing ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, enjoying one of the many activities in the AO Ballpark, or watching the world’s best players on-court, we want to ensure everyone has the very best Australian Open experience possible.”

All the family-friendly AO entertainment kicks off with Kids Tennis Day on Saturday 12 January with more than 20,000 kids and their parents enjoying a fan tennis experience onsite before anyone else.

It’s a priority for us to make the Australian Open a fantastic all-round experience for the whole family.
Australian Open Tournament Director, Craig Tiley.